tradewater basewithglove 300MADISONVILLE, KY (1/18/11) - It is OFFICIAL!  The Tradewater Pirates are now The Madisonville Tradewater Pirates.  

The Madisonville City Council approved the lease agreement with team owners and the City this afternoon!  

City Administrator, Mike Franklin, said the one year lease is “bittersweet” .  He said he was excited for Madisonville but sad for Dawson Springs.  Franklin pointed out that the organization folded in Dawson and was looking for a home.
Pirates Business Manager, David Massamore, addressed the Council and said “The Pirate Family says Thank You.  This is a wonderful investment for the community.”  Massamore went on to announce that a group of businessmen and women have formed a corporation and they are selling shareholder stock for people that want to be a part of the corporation.  The stock price is $250 per share as previously reported on SurfKY News.

Team Head Coach, Steve Fowler, also owns the franchise.  He said that moving the team to Madisonville was “Like Coming Home”.  Fowler said that when the team was originally formed it was going to be in Madisonville; but, Dawson Springs had the new stadium and it looked like that was the better location.

Fowler said that consideration was given to changing the name since they would no longer playing at Riverside Stadium on the bank of the Tradewater River.  The name change was abandoned because “We have name recognition” Fowler said.  

Fowler said that the team would need host families from May 28th until August 1st. Host families take a player in for the summer providing a place to sleep and access to a washing machine.  Persons wishing to host a player can contact Fowler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by cell at 270-875-6888.

In other business the Council approved an agreement with Pyrotechnic Display, Inc. for the Fourth of July fireworks display.  The 2011 Fourth of July celebration proved to be a huge success.  This year the agreement was passed without dissent as was the case last year.  

Longevity pins were awarded to:  Billy H. Smith – 5 years; Leslie Curneal – 5 years; Bonnie Clyde – 5 years; Sarah Ford – 5 years; Gregory Leslie Brasher – 20 years; Dennis Lee Hart – 20 years; Michael Fuller – 5 years; and, Bradley Skeen – 10 years.

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